https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator2848-02-23T15:19:42ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766143/how-did-communism-happen-in-czechoslovakia.htmlHow did Communism happen in Czechoslovakia?2018-02-23T16:45:00ZFor the 40 years, Czechs and Slovaks would celebrate February 25 as Victorious February, even though the enthusiasm of most of those who supported Communists in 1948 would very quickly evaporate.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766124/historian-after-1948-czechoslovakia-was-paralysed-with-fear.htmlHistorian: After 1948, Czechoslovakia was paralysed with fear2018-02-23T16:45:00ZOn February 25, Czechs and Slovaks mark 70 years since the rise of Communism in their common state. Historian Jan Pešek talks about the coup and its aftermath.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20767092/foreigners-police-finally-move-to-vajnory.htmlForeigners' Police finally move to Vajnory2018-02-23T10:36:59ZThe new offices will open on March 19. Read more about the limitations at the department in Bratislava's Petržalka between March 14 and March 16.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766767/fico-women-need-protection-especially-as-more-migrants-arrive-in-europe.htmlFico: Women need protection, especially as more migrants arrive in Europe2018-02-22T21:55:48ZThe prime minister repeated that he refuses to allow the emergence of "compact Muslim communities in Slovakia" as he announced Slovakia will not ratify the Istanbul Convention as a whole.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766404/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia2018-02-22T11:38:52ZKuzmina is the most successful Slovak Olympian.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766146/populists-are-more-creative-than-liberals.htmlPopulists are more creative than liberals2018-02-22T08:30:00ZThe essence of creativity and good governance is about finding a coherent story. When every city gets smart, being a stupid city will be an advantage, says a strategic management expert.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766136/police-investigate-illegal-employment-of-foreigners.htmlPolice investigate illegal employment of foreigners2018-02-21T21:07:27ZTwo cases in Bratislava and Michalovce, both of which occurred this week, suggest that police will continue to crack down on illegal employment.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766111/tis-in-fight-against-corruption-slovakia-continues-to-stagnate.htmlTIS: In fight against corruption, Slovakia continues to stagnate2018-02-21T21:01:03ZThe corruption watchdog says that by 2020, the country may even be ranked among the four worst EU member states.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765790/government-withdrew-from-drug-policy-agenda-change-thus-delaying-the-issue.htmlGovernment withdrew from drug policy agenda change2018-02-21T13:34:42ZMainly the SNS party junior coalition partner was against the bill decriminalising drugs; the ruling Smer party also had a lukewarm stance.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765413/in-ambulances-doctors-have-become-more-scarce.htmlIn ambulances, doctors have become more scarce2018-02-20T23:00:42ZDoctors are replaced by rescuers with lower education instead.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765384/a-girl-suffering-from-swine-flu-hospitalised-in-kramare.htmlA girl suffering from swine flu hospitalised in Kramáre2018-02-20T21:23:59ZThe kindergarten’s headmistress says she may have the H1N1 type.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765004/the-investigation-of-suspicious-eu-subsidies-for-rural-entrepreneurs-close-to-smer-got-stuck.htmlSuspicious "rural entrepreneurs" involved with Smer emerge in Nitra2018-02-20T13:52:49ZSuccessful businesspeople from the village of Babindol who have received subsidies from EU funds worth millions have connections to the ruling Smer party.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764675/fico-i-want-to-win-another-parliamentary-election-in-2020.htmlFico: I want to win another parliamentary election in 20202018-02-20T01:28:24ZPM would like to see the minimum wage climbing to €600 over the next few years.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764676/audit-authority-found-violations-of-law-at-foreign-ministry.htmlAudit authority found violations of law at Foreign Ministry2018-02-20T01:24:18ZIn general, Slovakia handled the EU Presidency well, assessed the Supreme Audit Office.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764674/slovakia-to-slacken-drug-legislation.htmlSlovakia to slacken drug legislation2018-02-20T01:16:58ZPossession of a small amount of narcotics may become a minor offense under certain conditions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764197/avalanche-in-high-tatras-claims-the-life-of-a-polish-hiker.htmlAvalanche in High Tatras claims the life of a Polish hiker2018-02-19T13:35:32ZOn Sunday, February 18, an avalanche buried two Polish tourists of whom one did not survive.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764189/flu-epidemic-claims-its-first-victim.htmlFlu epidemic claims its first victim2018-02-19T13:25:13ZType B influenza is responsible for the death of a man, aged 35, from the Bratislava Region.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764136/police-recommend-that-basternak-faces-charges.htmlPolice recommend that Bašternák faces charges2018-02-19T13:18:49ZThe Special Prosecutor’s Office will decide on further moves after examining the investigation file.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763846/migration-activist-flees-germany-swedish-attack-ascribed-to-migrants.htmlMigration activist flees Germany, Swedish attack ascribed to migrants2018-02-19T10:45:20ZThese are the hoaxes that appeared on the internet in the past two weeks.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763256/plans-to-return-elks-to-slovak-wilderness-suspended.htmlWhen will elk return to Slovak wilderness?2018-02-19T10:19:50ZElks once populated Slovak forests in abundance. Now, there are hardly any left in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761962/more-employees-probably-involved-in-dubious-plastic-surgery-in-kosice.htmlMore employees probably involved in dubious plastic surgery in Košice2018-02-15T23:02:22ZThe hospital is currently analysing discussions with its employees.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761578/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia2018-02-15T13:40:19ZSlovakia won its first Olympic medal in PyeongChang.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761412/slovakia-has-a-university-with-the-same-accreditation-as-cambridge.htmlSlovakia has a university with the same accreditation as Cambridge2018-02-15T12:41:39ZThe Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies of STU offers much to students, but it should focus more on teachers.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761142/journalist-soltesz-will-not-be-prosecuted.htmlSoltész will not be prosecuted for Facebook status2018-02-14T22:26:03ZNAKA will not succeed in their prosecution of Arpád Soltész for defamation of nation, race, and belief.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761074/controversial-resocialisation-centre-loses-accreditation.htmlControversial resocialisation centre loses accreditation2018-02-14T20:32:13ZOpposition MPs say the decision was made too late.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760933/does-slovakia-need-eight-year-grammar-schools.htmlDoes Slovakia need schools for the elite?2018-02-14T18:00:00ZThe results of international tests support the critics of schools created to take the most talented pupils.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760334/fake-news-hoax-young-Slovaks-media.htmlFake news: Do young Slovaks believe what they read?2018-02-14T15:30:58ZFact-checking does not suffice and it is necessary to work with values young people believe in, says analyst.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760681/special-prosecutor-involved-in-basternak-case-acquitted-of-charges.htmlSpecial prosecutor involved in Bašternák case acquitted of charges2018-02-14T14:02:03ZThe prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, Vasil Špirko, will be subject to a proceeding before a disciplinary committee.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760600/architect-matus-vallo-is-first-official-candidate-for-bratislava-mayor.htmlBratislava has its first candidate for mayoral post2018-02-14T13:52:33ZThe architect, urban activist and musician of the popular band Para Matús Vallo will run as a civic candidate, with the support of an expert team.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760326/flaws-found-in-protection-plan-of-primeval-forests-in-poloniny.htmlUNESCO inscription of primeval forests in Poloniny may be threatened2018-02-13T22:15:45ZThe Carpathian Beech Forests, a UNESCO world heritage site, are not properly protected according to WWF and the Supreme Audit Office.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760309/journalist-prosecuted-for-facebook-status.htmlJournalist prosecuted for Facebook status2018-02-13T21:12:53ZArpád Soltész's statements about “white trash” are deemed racist by far-right extremists.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760307/babis-loses-dispute-over-his-collaboration-with-the-communist-secret-police.htmlBabiš loses dispute over his collaboration with the communist secret police2018-02-13T20:59:22ZAfter a six-year long dispute, the verdict was issued by the regional court.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759887/stolen-national-treasure-case-stopped.htmlStolen national treasure case stopped2018-02-13T13:56:51ZThe alleged theft of a “national treasure” – when a collection of jewelry, gold and money was collected among Slovaks back in the 1990s – from the Matica Slovenská cultural institution was not a theft.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759503/flu-epidemic-hits-slovakia.htmlFlu epidemic hits Slovakia2018-02-12T23:39:09ZEven those vaccinated are not fully immune.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20759504/celebrate-valentines-day-in-a-worthy-but-less-traditional-way.htmlCelebrate Valentine's day in a worthy but less traditional way2018-02-12T23:22:20ZDuring the Valentine’s Blood Drop people can donate blood for those less fortunate.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758897/poll-how-much-trust-do-you-place-in-politicians.htmlPoll: how much trust do you place in politicians?2018-02-12T13:48:20ZFico fared poorly when his name was taken from a list but was voted second most-trusted politician in a parallel poll, when respondents were asked to spontaneously name the three most trustworthy.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758859/minister-gajdos-of-the-sns-defends-state-of-military-procurement-at-special-parliamentary-session.htmlMinister Gajdoš defends state of military procurement at special parliamentary session2018-02-12T13:24:32ZThe fact that the extraordinary session concerning the delayed modernisation of the Slovak military even took place implies dissatisfaction and disagreements in the ruling coalition.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756876/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in Slovakia2018-02-09T10:25:03ZKiska and Fico are most trustworthy.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756532/tax-fraud-suspect-basternak-returns-millions-to-the-state-on-the-active-repentance-principle.htmlTax fraud suspect Bašternák returns millions to the state2018-02-08T21:14:07ZThe prosecutor will have the final say as to whether this is valid.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756111/ordinary-people-loses-another-member.htmlOrdinary People loses another member2018-02-08T12:56:52ZRichard Vašečka plans to get the top post in the non-parliamentary Christian Democratic Movement; Hlina welcomes him to the party.